Punk in Your Vitamins With both Green Day and Rancid topping the pop charts, their teen birthplace -- the drug- and alcohol-free Gilman Street Project -- is getting mucho media attention. Chris Larsen's photographs of the punk rock Honeycomb hide-out do a better job of capturing its energy than any trend-hopping puff pieces. You can see them from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the SFSU Student Center Art Gallery, 1650 Holloway, S.F. "The Gilman Street Project" continues through Nov. 29. Free; call 338-2580.
Sex, Death, and Rent Control Thanks to the new "openness" of glasnost, husband-and-wife Russian filmmaking team Yakov Poselski and Natasha Kosinets make documentaries about controversial topics. In I Murder for the Apartments, they expose criminals who kill heavy drinkers and old people for their living spaces. In The Fear Drug, they investigate the experimental testing of a new drug on animals and psychiatric patients. In Moscow Fags (banned from Russian TV), they uncover public harassment and government imprisonment of homosexuals. Poselski and Kosinets appear in conjunction with the Bay Area premiere of all three shorts at 7:30 p.m. at Pacific Film Archive, 2625 Durant, Berkeley. Tickets are $5.50; call (510) 642-1124.
Operatic Octogenarians A fan of Douglas Sirk and a contemporary of Fassbinder, Daniel Schmid is drawn to themes -- the "performance" of life, desire as a projection, the mysteries of memory -- perfectly suited to cinema. Fantasy and reality merge in Schmid's Tosca's Kiss, a documentary shot at Casa Verdi, a retirement home for former opera singers. Well over 80 years old, many of the film's stars are still feisty and competitive when it comes to camera time. "Schmid has made a film about old age and dying which is neither sentimental nor grotesque but cumulatively startling," writes the Village Voice's J. Hoberman. "[Tosca's Kiss] comes truly into its own when a roomful of crones suddenly breaks into a lilting aria from Traviata." Schmid attends a screening of Tosca's Kiss and Notre Dame de la Croisette at 7 p.m. at Pacific Film Archive, 2625 Durant, Berkeley. Tickets are $5.50; call (510) 642-1124.
Do the Hustle! The 1961 movie The Hustler stars a hunky Paul Newman, but its title refers to pool more than sex. Based on text from the film's screenplay, David E. Johnston's three-part performance piece The Hustler scrutinizes masculinity and sexuality in rural America (specifically Texas). Featuring stories, songs, and slides, The Hustler (Part One: Twisted) opens at 8 p.m. at the LAB, 2948 16th St, S.F. The show continues through Nov. 18. Tickets are $7-10; call 864-8855.
Dance of Death Nov. 9, 1938: That's the date of Kristallnacht, when Nazis attacked Jewish-owned shops, businesses, and homes, burning synagogues and sending men to concentration camps. Nancy Karp and Dancers' Kristallnacht, Night of Broken Glass commemorates the tragedy. Set to an original score by Alvin Curran, the dance piece begins at 8 p.m. at Theater Artaud, 450 Florida, S.F. Kristallnacht continues through Nov. 12. Tickets are $13.50-15.50; call 621-7797.
The Deer Hunters The American Indian Film Festival celebrates its 20th year of programming with a restored print of 1930's The Silent Enemy, about Ojibway Indian life before Europeans settled in the Hudson Bay region. Based on some lite lit -- a 72-volume history of New France written by Jesuit missionaries -- the silent feature culminates with a showdown between a hungry tribe and a herd of stampeding caribou. See it (along with Borders and Ye-ah No-ah) at 7:30 p.m. at the Palace of Fine Arts, 3301 Lyon, S.F. The festival continues through Nov. 19. Tickets are $5-6; call 554-0525.
Death Traps of the Rich and Famous The disaster film is one ghastly phenomenon worth reviving: With Hollywood screen "talent" at an all-time low, it's time to see a new crop of "stars" tortured and humiliated. The Poseidon Adventure doesn't have child evangelist Marjoe Gortner trying to rape an Afro-coiffed Victoria Principal (as did Earthquake), and it doesn't have elderly Fred Astaire pinned under wreckage while O.J. Simpson saves people (as did The Towering Inferno). What it does have is an enormous Shelley Winters performing underwater rescue missions, a theme song by Maureen McGovern, and an image that captures capitalism in a nutshell: a white man in a suit crashing through a glass ceiling. Fresh from his chat with Faye Dunaway, the Chronicle's Edward Guthmann will interview featured actress Carol Lynley at a benefit screening of the film. Raising funds for S.F. General Hospital's AIDS ward, the event begins with a reception ($25) at 6:30 p.m.; the screening/interview starts at 8 p.m. at the Castro, Castro & Market, S.F. Tickets are $10; call 863-0611.
Technophilia What do you get when you mix art with computers? Some might say cheesy virtual reality games and bad movies about how scary the Internet is, but Brenda Laurel -- author of Computers as Theater -- has a more complicated (and optimistic) view of interactive media. "From Art to Tech and Back Again" is the title of Laurel's contribution to the Multimedia Pioneers Lecture Series; it starts at 8 p.m. at SFSU's Downtown Center, 425 Market, S.F. Tickets are $10; call 904-7700.
Grounds for Laughter Nude Coffee isn't a brunch group sponsored by the Mitchell brothers. Nude Coffee is an all-female comedy troupe. After a trip to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, they're back for a fall stint in S.F. The sketches, songs, and parodies start at 8 p.m. (continuing Friday and Saturday through Dec. 16) at Exit Theater, 156 Eddy, S.F. Tickets are $10-12; call (510) 549-0624.
Heavenly Creature The subject of Michel Negroponte's new documentary, Jupiter's Wife, is Maggie, a homeless N.Y. woman in her mid-40s. When Negroponte and his camera first encounter Maggie in Central Park, she claims she's the wife of the god Jupiter and the daughter of the godlike Robert Ryan (the late Hollywood actor). Visiting Maggie regularly for the next few years, Negroponte captures her conversations -- a mix of psychic messages, Greek mythology, and bizarre fiction -- and tries to piece together the story of her life. Jupiter's Wife screens at 6, 8, and 10 p.m. (continuing through Nov. 16) at the Roxie, 3117 16th St, S.F. Tickets are $6; call 863-1087.
Ballet Battles Subtitled "A Dance of Death in Eight Scenes," The Green Table is German choreographer Kurt Jooss' brutal commentary on the events and aftermath of World War I. Ronn Guidi and the Oakland Ballet revive the piece at 8 p.m. at Zellerbach Hall, Bancroft & Telegraph, UC Berkeley campus. The program -- which also includes works by Guidi, George Balanchine, and Walter Bourke -- continues through Sunday. Tickets are $10-32; call (510) 762-2277.
Indie Rock Flash! Archers of Loaf hail from Chapel Hill, N.C. They're cranky critic Robert Christgau's favorite indie band. Satan's Pilgrims hail from Portland, Ore. Their surf/goth combo is all the rage with the kids these days. (Also, they play at weddings and Chinese restaurants!) Sample the Loaf at 8 p.m. at the Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St, S.F. Tickets are $5; call 626-4455. Meet the Pilgrims at 9 p.m. at Kilowatt, 3160 16th St, S.F. Tickets are $6; call 861-2595.
Fandemonium Would you like to own a costume that once belonged to a member of KISS? How about an outfit worn by the artist formerly known as Prince when he was known as Prince? You can buy these classy items and tons of other memorabilia -- posters by Frank Kozik, Paul McCartney's birth certificate, a 1972 James Brown tour jacket, an autographed Beatles single, a guitar signed by Jimi Hendrix, and more -- at the Rock 'n' Roll Collectors Convention. Featuring photos, records, and other stuff, the event lasts from noon to 7 p.m. (also Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.) at San Mateo County Expo Center, 2495 S. Delaware, San Mateo. Tickets are $6; call (707) 942-5079.
Harpomania Deemed the "Jimi Hendrix of the electric harp" by one zany critic, Sarah Voynow is featured on wordsmith Randy Newman's acclaimed new CD, Faust. She's also part of Poets Under Ground, the instrumental trio headlining this year's Harps of the World concert. In addition, the event includes new classical work by Yugoslavia's Victoria Jordanova and a folk performance by Mexico's Adriana Cao Romero. The music starts at 8 p.m. at Center for the Arts, 701 Mission, S.F. Tickets are $16-26; call 978-2787.
New Age Nuttiness In between starring in The Joy Luck Club and TV's Friends, actress Lauren Tom has grown fungus and walked on fire to try to discover the true meaning of life. In 25 Psychics, Tom's one-woman show, she pokes fun at these activities and pays tribute to her grandmother. You can see it at 8 p.m. at Osher Marin Jewish Community Center, 200 N. San Pedro, San Rafael. Tickets are $16-18; call 479-2000.
Fringe Festival Q: What do David Koresh, Andrea Dworkin, and the sad-eyed waifs of Keane paintings have in common? A: They're all part of Cult Rapture, the latest survey of millennial madness by Adam Parfrey, author of Apocalypse Culture. In conjunction with the book's release, Parfrey will discuss and screen video footage of some of America's looniest contemporary cults; featuring militia initiation tapes and a Waco expose by Linda Thompson, the presentation starts at 7:30 p.m. at S.F. Art Institute, 800 Chestnut, S.F. Tickets are $3-6; call 558-8129.
Ani's Hall Folk, punk, bi, and independent, Ani DiFranco has sold over 175,000 tapes and CDs through her own label, Righteous Babe Records. Her latest LP, Not a Pretty Girl, just got a full-page rave in the Village Voice; in concert, she uses press-on nails reinforced with electrical tape for extra acoustic strumming power. Here her roar at 8 p.m. at Zellerbach Hall, Bancroft & Telegraph, UC Berkeley campus. Tickets are $17-19; call (510) 762-2277.
Sexual Circus The latest film by I've Heard the Mermaids Singing director Patricia Rozema, When Night Is Falling highlights the erotic adventures of a Catholic academic and a free-spirited circus performer, both female. A screening/reception featuring Rozema (benefiting Frameline, the folks behind the S.F. International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival) begins at 7 p.m. at the Embarcadero Center Cinema, 4 Embarcadero Center, S.F. Tickets are $25-30; call 703-8656.
Not of This Eartha Friend of James Dean, former Catwoman, and cabaret performer nonpareil: That's Eartha Kitt. A chance to hear her pout, purr, and growl her way through "The Heel" ("I'll let him have his little flings/ I'll be the chewing gum that clings/ To the heel") and "I Want to Be Evil" is a chance not to be missed. The feline femme performs at 8 and 10 p.m. at the New Orleans Room, California & Mason, S.F. Tickets are $30-35; call 772-5259.
Shameless Plug, No. 1003 Pansy Division, the Coup, M.I.R.V., Anibade with Ledisi, Preacher Boy & the Natural Blues, and more will perform at WAMMIES '95, SF Weekly's alternative music awards. Host Bud E. Luv will provide the schtick. A fund-raiser for the Larkin Street Youth Center, the event starts at 8:30 p.m. at the Great American Music Hall, 859 O'Farrell, S.F. Tickets are $10; call 885-0750.